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Venus Envy: A History Of Cosmetic Surgery

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In "Venus Envy," Elizabeth Haiken traces the quest for physical perfection through surgery from the turn of the century to the present. Drawing on a wide array of sources - personal accounts, medical records, popular magazines, medical journals, and beauty guides - Haiken reveals how our culture came to see cosmetic surgery as a panacea for both individual and societal pro ...more
Published September 29th 1997 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Ugh! I rarely want to throw a book down and stop reading before the end, but this one took Herculean effort for me to finish!!
Actually it was very interesting subject matter, but the writing was so incredibly dense - it was written like a textbook (I'm glad I'm not in one of the author's classes at University of Tennessee.)
The major points of the book were very repetitive. A number of times I had to say out loud, "OK, OK, I get it already!". I get the feeling that this book began its life as the
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Well-researched and chock-full of good details. Recommended for anyone researching the topic!
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